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Royal Scottish National Orchestra to strengthen Faroe Islands connections

Press release: The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will be represented this weekend at the official opening of a new concert hall on the Faroe Islands.

A small team hosted by Faroes-born Dávur Juul Magnussen, principal Trombone for the RSNO, will attend the opening concert of the new Hátún Hall in the Tórshavn Musikskuli, and conduct masterclasses for music students there. The new concert spot is named after Ólavur Hátún, who was the instigator behind the Faroese Music School System.

The RSNO Principal Trombone player will be joined by his colleagues Christopher Hart; Principal Trumpet, Andrew McLean; Associate Principal Horn, and Bill Chandler; Director of Concerts and Engagements for the orchestra.

Pupils at the music school will have the opportunity to study in masterclasses with the musicians and learn more about working as a professional orchestral musician.

Dávur was born in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, and studied at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland before joining the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in August 2008, later becoming Principal Trombone supported by the Mitchell’s Glengyle Chair.

This weekend Dávur will guide his RSNO colleagues to his home country to celebrate the music school’s new concert hall and forge new connections between Scotland’s National Orchestra and the Faroe Islands.’

Bill Chandler, Director of Concerts and Engagement at RSNO, said: “It is a privilege to visit the Faroe Islands with Dávur and to have the opportunity to speak to young musicians there who maybe dream of playing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra one day, and travelling the world as a professional player.

“This is also a great chance for us to explore new opportunities with organisations in the Faroe Islands and build connections for the future, and we are certainly excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.

Dávur Juul Magnussen, principal Trombone for the RSNO, said: “It’s great to be bringing fellow musicians from the RSNO home to Tórshavn to meet some of the young people at the music school, and have a chance to play some music with them.

“We are also really excited to see the new Hátún Hall and attend the opening concert, which I think will be really special. I am extraordinarily happy that the Music School, which started me of in my career, is finally getting the facilities they deserve. The Faroe Islands are a great place for music, with most kids going to a music school at some point, and I want to remind them of great professional opportunities that are out there, and show them that no matter where you go in life, music will always follow you and help you.

“Hopefully this trip can form some strong bonds between the RSNO and groups in the Faroe Islands that we can build on for years to come.”

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